My first impression of “Just A Dream” by Nelly was how big and full the hook sounded for such a ballad-ish song, so I wanted to try to really strip it down to just two tracks for an acoustic version, pretty much the opposite approach to covering “Just The Way You Are” last week (see YouTube). I ended up cutting some of the song out, slightly altering the melody/lyrics in some places, writing a fitting acoustic guitar part and changing some of the chords. The ending I did seemed appropriate because that’s actually the song that gets stuck in my head whenever I hear the Nelly song haha so I hope you like it; let me know what you think!
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
It’s not every day that I check my inbox and find a link to an acoustic cover version of a Nelly song.
Well, it apparently happens sometimes, because I’m here to welcome back Pat Noonan for his second featured video on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover song music video blog. He’s chosen an interesting track to cover, and his performance highlights his impressive vocals. I have the strong suspicion that you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.
Happy Friday, and check back soon for new material here at the blog!
Acoustic version of the hip hop song “Roll Up” by Wiz Khalifa, experimented with the picture in picture style that seems to be the trend of the century haha.
[Editor’s Note: As we’ve done in the past, we’re bending the rules for this Pat Noonan performance. While it doesn’t strictly adhere to the live performance standard set and followed by the hundreds of acoustic cover song music videos on this site, this arrangement of Wiz Khalifa’s “Roll Up” is unique and even startling for its qualities as an interpretation. And that has always been at the heart of the Laptop Sessions: featuring a performer’s ability to take a song that may be over-produced or lost in layers and break it down to its most basic core.]
Dispatch has been one of my favorite acoustic bands since the first time I heard The General back in high school. So a couple hours ago I found myself dying to record an acoustic cover because my good friend/producer Peter Dupre lent me his beautiful Taylor guitar, which sounds too sweet not to record. So I tossed up some mics, slapped the camera on a tripod, and attempted to do a better job at providing sufficient light for the flip mino to do it’s thing. Anyway hope you like it, if you haven’t already you got listen to the Dispatch album Bang Bang, it’s a classic.
** EDITOR’S NOTE: **
It’s with great pleasure that I welcome the latest guest performer to the Laptop Sessions blog: Mr. Pat Noonan! He has sent several videos my way recently, and I knew instantly that it wouldn’t be a question of whether or not to feature him on the site, but rather which video to choose.
When I read his YouTube description for this cover, I felt this would be a great introduction to the Guest Sessions for him. I hope you’ll enjoy his performance as much as I did, and check back soon… there’s sure to be another Pat Noonan guest session appearance soon!